Binding of a Manuscript
Binding of a Manuscript

Image credit: The Khalili Collections

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This binding is attached to a copy of the 'Yusuf and Zulaykha of Jami', copied by Sayyid 'Ali al-Husayni on Wednesday 5 Shawwal 1234 (28th July 1819). The outer covers are painted with very fine designs of rose sprays and carnations on a coffee-brown ground, framed by a black border with gold flowers. The doublures are decorated with accomplished renditions of single iris plants on a red background, and these must be the work of the great master Muhammad Hadi. The Shirazi painter Muhammad Hadi is best known from an account by an English official of the East India Company, Claudius James Rich, who met him in Shiraz on 10 September 1821. Rich wrote to his wife, 'I have just had a visit from Mirza Mohammed Hadi, the most distinguished artist in Persia.

The Khalili Collections

London

Title

Binding of a Manuscript

Date

1230 AH (1815)

Medium

papier-maché boards, painted & varnished

Accession number

915

Work type

Mixed media & collage

Inscription description

The outer covers are signed, 'painted by the most humble Muhammad Hadi'.

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The Khalili Collections

London, Greater London England

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